Saturday, 21 January 2017


Whoopee! The second book in the Cleo Marjoribanks Murder Mysteries, 'Dirty Deeds in Downdene' is now available in PAPERBACK! Find out how this irrepressible lady gets mixed up in murder and the local golf course.

Readers reviews:

'.....great plot lines and scene setting. Anyone fond of this genre of crime books will love it.'

'Once I started reading Dirty Deeds in Downdene I fell in love with Cleo.'

'Small village mystery with many people who could be the culprit. Easy read, funny characters who have good chemistry.'


In case you missed it, the first book 'Homicide in Hampshire' is also available in paperback from Amazon.

Enjoy reading these books and I would really appreciate some good reviews from you. 

Friday, 13 January 2017

The Road to Little Dribbling by Bill Bryson

Or - More Notes from a Small Island.

Whether or not you have read Notes from a Small Island, this latest offering from Bill Bryson will have you chuckling, laughing or saying 'I've always thought that!'. His take on English life and mannerisms (to say nothing of Authority or Them) are insightful and amusing. His Bryson Line starts at Bognor Regis and finishes on Cape Wrath and stops in between and his descriptive writing is beautiful. This is definitely a book for the shelf to be read again and again and again. 

Definitely a 5* book. No, better than that 10*.

Now go out and buy it for a great read.

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

'Who Are The JCs?'

Just to let you know that I have - at last - published the latest book in the South Down Murder Mysteries.

In this story DI Sinclair, DC James and the rest of the team have a boring start to trying to find out who exactly their latest victim, James Chester, is. They do locate a safety deposit box with a couple of documents in but nothing that really helps.

Alongside this are stories about some rich gentlemen who befriend old ladies cruising on their own. The men's initials are JC. As no-one has lodged a complaint with the police there isn't a lot they can do except log it on a file.

Then a bank manager is murdered.

Want to know all about it? It is currently available on Kindle.

All three books in the South Downs series will eventually be issued on Amazon in paperback form. 

Saturday, 31 December 2016


Feliz ano nuevo. Here's to a healthy and (hopefully) more peaceful 2017.

Apologies for not yet having published 'Who are the JC's?', the third book in the South Downs series. Unfortunately 2016 turned out to be a very busy year so I am still editing the manuscript.  Hopefully it will be published before the end of January.

In the meantime I am also creating paperback copies of all of my books. 'Homicide in Hampshire' being the first. And for those of you who have asked me, I am also editing out some of the 'cockney-speak' in Cleo's books. Yes, I know some of you do like it but let's be fair to other readers.

Thank you all for your support in 2016 and here's to 2017!

Happy Hogmanay. 

Monday, 5 December 2016


The most annoying anti-leave bit of propaganda is that people voted for Brexit because they don't like immigrants. NOT TRUE.

Most of us voted because the UK desperately needs money for the NHS, Education and various other State funded things.

Imagine how horrified, appalled and ANGRY we are when the Government is offering to pay vast sums to the EU for various 'privileges'.

I think the reason why the EU is asking for this money is to encourage other member countries NOT to leave the EU. Yes, there are millions of Europeans who also want their countries back.

Come on, UK politicians, we DON'T need Europe. We have the Commonwealth and other countries with which we can trade more profitably.

Since writing the above:

Glad to hear Boris Johnson speaking up against these vast sums of money proposed to be paid to the EU.

Italy wants their own currency back. Let's hope more EU countries begin to see sense. 

Friday, 2 December 2016

Kindle Reviews

Hmmm. Have just heard a rumour that Amazon want us to have 12 reviews on each of our books so..... HELP!!!

If you have read my books could you PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE, give them a review. Just 5* and a brief comment will do - complimentary, of course!

News update on the 3rd Southdowns Mystery (Who are the JCs?) - still editing but hope to publish it around Christmas time.

Thank you for reading, reviewing and recommending my books. It is much appreciated.

Wednesday, 26 October 2016

E-book Star Ratings.

It is great whenever your e-books receive 5 and 4 star ratings, but what about the 1 and 2 star ratings?

At first they upset me. How can people be so cruel when you have spent months working on your book?

Now I am more philosophical. What can you think when someone posts a 1 star review based on bad spelling? True. He was an American and, obviously, hadn't read the book right the way through so he didn't know that it was written in English-English. (Nor had he read my bio). Solved that one - changed the title and cover and re-published it. It now gets 4 and 5 star reviews.

Another one star was followed by the word 'Muddled'. That reminded me of a school teacher who, after we had read a classic, asked for our opinions. One pupil responded, 'I thought it was a bit of a muddle.' The teacher gave her a sorrowful look, 'I think that refers to your muddled thinking.'

To give authors 4 and 5 star ratings you have to have 5 individual stars - 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. In other words, stars 1 and 2 are only make-weights!  (Of course some of the 1 and 2 star ratings could be from writers whose books don't sell. A bit of sour grapes!).

As my Mum taught me, 'If you can't say anything nice, don't say anything at all.'